In addition to a lengthy discussion into the configuration of the new elementary school (covered in the September 2 edition of the Van Alstyne Leader) the Van Alstyne ISD Board of Trustees approved two motions moving forward.

The first motion gaining unanimous approval regarded a budget amendment. Renee Maples, business manager and child nutrition coordinator for the district, presented some “clean-up” items to the board as revenue accounts were increased to reflect actual collections. Most of this extra money went into the construction account and will remain unspent. Maples also touched on the lunchroom budget and said that she will have true numbers in November or December once the audit is returned. Trustees approved the budget amendment, 7-0.

Trustees unanimously approved a motion authorizing Supt. John Spies to execute a contract for the purchase of the Grayson-Collin Electric Cooperative building on Highway 5. The agreement is for $2.4 million with 3 percent interest. The district will pay $1.5 million up front and $900,000 within the next five years. There is a 90-day opt-out period in the contract but either side can void the contract at any time. Closing date for the sale is scheduled for the end of September 2017.